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Local group claims FBI questioning Muslims

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Several US cities are on alert after warnings of a possible Election Day terror threat, and in the Tri-State Muslim community, the say since that word came down they have been getting calls from the FBI asking about their religious and ethnic backgrounds. 

The Cincinnati branch of the Council on American Islamic relations or CAIR posted an alert to its Facebook page Monday warning its members of their rights when talking to the FBI. 

"Apparently because of their religious or ethnic background asking them a lot of questions leading up to the election. Apparently, they think there maybe some type of threat to the election tomorrow," Karen Dabdoub with CAIR said.

Dabdoub said the FBI went to a doctor's home in the Tri-State.

"Can you imagine, your husband goes to work and you get a knock at the door, and it's two FBI agents. It's pretty frightening," she said.

She said she doesn't believe anyone who was contacted has any terrorist connections and no plans to try and disrupt the election process.

"A lot of these people are physicians who happen to be of Pakistani or Afghani origin and maybe traveled overseas to visit family or elderly patients or things like that, and this seems to be perhaps the trigger," Dabdoub said.

Dabdoub didn't accuse the FBI of racial profiling, but she said it's close.

"It's hard to know, but a few days before the election there is that concern that this could be religious or ethnic profiling," she said.

FOX19 NOW reached out to the FBI for comment, but have not received a response.

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